I love mornings! And being a morning person I usually wake up pretty early at 5 or 5.30 in the morning.
The reason why I wake up so early that it gives me time to sit in peace before I go by my morning routine. It sets the tone for my whole body. We all need some time to slow down and spend time only with ourselves.
Giving myself some extra time in the morning makes me at peace, gives me joy and a lot of energy to make the day productive. During the rest of the day, we’ll anyway be bombarded by distractions and noise.
Waking up at 5 am!? That’s crazy… I know!! For some people, it’s impossible to get out of their bed so early in the morning. But then you don’t need to wake up at 5 am. Do what works best for you. You don’t have to wake up that early to make your morning routine perfect. Everybody has 24 hours in a day no matter when you wake up. You can wake up late and still have a proper morning routine for yourself.
The way you decide to start your morning can significantly impact the rest of your day. If your day starts in a great hurry and you don’t even have time to sit & eat breakfast, most probably your day will also look like that. If you start it slowly and peacefully, your remaining day will be a lot more peaceful and a lot more productive.
Now, you don’t have to make it a point that your mornings should look the same each day. A little variation can be made to your morning routine. Some days you may be craving exercise and the other days you might just want to read.
If the following suggestions look like a lot to do for you, relax! You can pick 2 or 3 of these habits and gradually include the rest of them, (…or maybe some, whatever suits you) until you find your ideal morning routine.
7 Healthy Morning Habits
Don’t hit snooze
The biggest mistake we all commit is: hitting the snooze button.
The author of the book “The 5 Second Rule”, Mel Robbins says that if we have an instinct to act on a goal, we should use the rule of counting backwards like, 5-4-3-2-1 and push ourselves to move or take action as soon as we reach “1”.
The rule is simple, as soon as the alarm goes off just count backwards, 5-4-3-2-1 and get out of the bed immediately.
Getting upright after the alarm goes off will save you an extra 10,20,40 or maybe 60 minutes of the day, because then you won’t stay in bed for too long and fall asleep again.
No Social Media
Do you scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or check your emails first thing in the morning? I had this bad habit of going through my feed as soon as I woke up. I thought it would help me wake up and not fall asleep again. But no, that’s not the case!
Using mobile phones first thing in the morning is such a bad idea! When we scroll through our timeline and come across something distasteful or there’s some bad news, the rest of the day gets ruined. Stuff like that can wait for some time. And also, a lot of time gets wasted on social media without even our realisation.
You have to keep yourself away from such negativity (and save some time!!). Taking a break from social media in the morning will help you govern your day better.
Make your bed
It’s the first thing I do when I wake up. Making my bed after I get out of bed gives me a sense of accomplishment that I have already completed one task of the day.
Also, after making my bed I am not tempted to go back to bed. Since everything is organised and tidy, it makes me more focused and I’m a lot more productive.
Making the bed in the morning builds momentum with one small task and gets the ball rolling, which makes way for other healthy habits and tasks.
Drinking water in the morning helps me hydrate my body and gives me a boost of energy.
Drinking water first thing in the morning has various advantages:
- Rehydrates the body
- Increases the level of alertness
- Helps fuel our brain
- It aids in the removal of toxins from our bodies.
- Boosts metabolism
- Improves the skin and promotes hair growth.
Add water to your morning routine and be ready to conquer the day!
I’m trying to incorporate this habit into my morning routine for a while now. I try to meditate for 10-15 minutes every morning. I’m not as regular as I should be, but it’s getting better than it used to be (I didn’t meditate… at all!).
For starting, guided meditations are the best. I use Calm and Headspace for guided meditation. Through meditation, we can calm our inner voices, induce positive thoughts in our mind and prepare for the day ahead.
This has miraculously changed my life! Journaling is such an impactful habit, especially if done in the morning. It clears our minds, aids in thinking straight and can help in getting rid of any toxic feeling we have at the back of our mind.
I’ve been journaling for pretty long now. The impact it has made in my life is magical. I’ve become a lot more optimistic than I was. Sitting down with a cup of your favourite tea or coffee and writing about the day is the best way to spend some quality time with yourself.
You can begin with writing 5 things you’re grateful for. Journal prompts are also a good option. You just need to fill in the answers to the questions. This will help you shift your mindset and focus on positive things.
Breakfast is “the most important meal of the day”. We need to fuel our body after a good night’s sleep. Breaking the overnight’s fast will give you the energy to start the day.
Breakfast doesn’t have to be that huge, having some fruit will suffice, as many of us don’t feel super hungry in the morning.
Starting your morning slowly will give you peace and some quiet time. Try to inculcate these healthy habits in your morning routine which will help you greatly. They’ll make you more productive and increase focus throughout the day.
How do you start your day? Let me know in the comments.